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History of the radio manufacturer Detrola; Detroit (MI)

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Name: Detrola; Detroit (MI)    (USA)    
alternative name:
International Detrola
 
Brand: General || Pee Wee || Road Chief || Road Master
Abbreviation: detrola  
Products: Model types  
Summary: Detrola, International Detrola Corp.; 1501 Beard Street, Detroit, Michigan - Trade names Detrola, General, Pee Wee, Road Chief, Road Master, Warwick

Importer for Switzerland: Apco AG; Zürich

During WWII Detrola merged with the International Machine Company, and they assembled military equipment. The new name of the company became International Detrola.
 

 
Founded: 1931
Closed: 1948
Production: 1932 - 1947
History:

Like many other radio manufacturers Detrola had remote suppliers for cabinets. One of them was Wolverine and an other known one was Caswell-Runyan in Huntington, Indiana. The latter was later bought by Detrola. Detrola built radios under a variety of private brand names as well as under their own name. As much as 90% of production was private brand names. Detrola was a major supplier of radios for Western Auto, sold under the Truetone brand; and Sears & Roebuck, sold under the Silvertone brand. During WWII Detrola merged with the International Machine Company, and they assembled military equipment. The new name of the company became International Detrola. See more on detrola.tripod.com.

 


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  41 unknown 4 tube TRF 12SQ7  Detrola style pointer.  
USA  32 Midget    
USA  38 3234 Farm Upright   Farm radio.   
USA  35 5D [var. 2]    
USA  40 5960 6K8GT  Date 1940 in printed inside. 
USA  35 100C    
USA  34 4D1    
USA  33 Kenmore    
USA  38 240       
USA  48 611-a 1N5GT  Battery Operated 2 Band Superheterodyne Receiver. AM: 540-1710kc  SW: 5,8-18,3... 
USA  41 408 1A7  The 408 is a battery powered radio/amp with a hand cranked phonograph. The cabinet is simi... 
USA  46 571 [loctals] 14Q7  Built-in loop antenna. 

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Further details for this radio manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

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